Superseding the 60 D, comes the new DSLR from canon, the Canon 70 D that comes in a new package and features more bargains for your budget. Built with a little more enthusiasm and vigor, the 70 D gets a large viewfinder, more buttons with single functions, a passive LCD screen, a command dial and an exposure controller wheel. The camera is built for speed and takes over the 700 D as well as the 60 D. There is a 7fps continuous mode too that lasts for around 108 JPEG images or 16 RAW images before consuming the functioning memory of your memory card. This isn’t a full frame camera like the EOS 5 or 6D, but if you are an avid photographer, canon 70 D will definitely surprise you.
The camera has a 20 Mega Pixel APS-C sensor which provides high-resolution pictures and videos. Canon has made a lot of radical changes with the sensor design and it is like nothing that canon has ever presented before. The pixels taste fresh and intense, images aren’t just shot with the intent of photography, there is a certain level of sense added to ever image, the phase detect auto focus is a notable feature that determines if your image is in focus or not, the auto feature allows your lens to leap directly into focus if the image is found to be out of the regular focus, thereby providing a sharper image without any hassle. Although, the phase detect feature might not be a revolutionary addition to the DSLR family, but most cameras disable this feature during the live mode operation. Thankfully the 70D’s phase detect autofocus is directly linked to the sensor, making the camera operate faster and smoother than the previous DSLR’s of its kind. The 70D has around 80 percent of the frame area covered by the active zone (horizontally and vertically).
Canon needs to work on the camera body quality; the feeble plastic body makes a nasty impression. Unlike the Nikon series, canon DSLR’shave a clumsy body. But, the features and the quality of images are quite impressive.
FEATURES and SPECS:
There seems to be no problems with the pixels (20 mpx), the CCD size of the camera is 22.5x 15mm. The optical TTL viewfinder is a satisfactory addition that offers magnification coverage of 0.95x or 98%. The camera has an articulated 3 inch LCD screen that is pretty much common among competing cameras belonging to the similar range, the screen has a high resolution of 1.04 million dots. The camera has a live view mode, which comes in handy while shooting movies. The wide range of lenses available for this camera provides image stabilization for serious photography enthusiasts. The maximum image resolution that can be attained with the camera is 5472 x 3648; the camera offers various shooting formats such as JPEG, RAW, Quick Time etc.
The Li-ion battery that powers the 70D is capable of delivering 920 shots on a single charge. It certainly gives competitors a run for their bolts.
MODES and CONTROLS:
The canon Eos 70D has a few modes for user’s to experience the best of Canon imaging. The modes such as Aperture Priority allows users to manually set the aperture based on the shooting conditions, the shutter priority focuses on timing the shutter speed, manual mode helps amateur photographer get a hand of the concepts of photography. The shutter speed can be adjusted from 30 to 1/8000th of a second. The ISO ranges from 100 and can be extended up to 25600. The exposure compensation is +/- 5 EV. There are a few additional image controls added to the Eos 70D such as; contrast, saturation, sharpness, color tone, noise reduction, highlight tone priority, suto lighting optimizer, color space, vignette correction, chromatic aberration correction etc.
The camera has 19 AF points, al of which are cross type. The camera has a face detect feature that seems to work quite well considering the struggling competitor cameras that seem to face a little difficulty with the face detect feature. There are a few metering modes built in the camera too (evaluative, partial, spot, centre-weighted, average, face detect) and drive modes (single, continuous, self timer, AE bracket, WB bracket etc). What’s attractive about the 3 inch LCD screen is that, it is touch sensitive too. Users can easily shift their af points without having to fidget through the AF buttons. Navigation through menu is also possible through simple touch gestures. For other features, canon has a few dedicated buttons that help users shoot impressive pictures.
The camera supports a SDXC card; users can upgrade their cards based on their requirements. The camera can be plugged through USB, AV, a mini HDMI cable, microphone, a wired remote that comes as an additional accessory. You can also connect the phone though Wi-Fi and you can pretty much share your work with the world on the go.
Blessed with a responsive video autofocus, which is a potentially exciting addition to the EOS 70 D, the camera brings out a big sigh to videographers and photographers alike. The 1080 p video quality on the canon looks very pristine and viewer friendly. The camera allows users a shooting time up to 30 minutes, there is an all new All-Intra mode introduced to the camera that processes and encodes @ 75 Mbit(s) and thus saves the compression debacles. A definite yes to those who like to shoot professional videos or movies. There are a few better cameras than the 70 D when it comes to shooting videos, but you wont be disappointed with canon. Canon misses out on the headphone socket provision, which seems to be a little problematic.
Considering a few upgrades from the previous EOS 60 D, the new 70D is a good buy for technocrats who like syncing their Smartphone enabled apps to the camera. The touch screen is also an impressive addition. All in all, this camera is a worthy buy for those who are looking for a serious upgrade and those who love shooting videos/movies.
Canon EOS 70D Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 60D